Not So Friendly Confines?
Thursday, September 18, 8:30 p.m. PT
Leading up to Saturday's game against Boise State, there has been ample talk about how the Broncos feature a freshman quarterback who will get his first taste of Division I road football at Autzen Stadium. The QB in question, Kellen Moore, has been exceptional through his first two college appearances - both BSU home victories - and ranks 10th in the country in passing efficiency. That Top 10 list includes players named Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Max Hall and Colt McCoy, among others.
Moore began last Saturday's win against Bowling Green by completing the first 11 passes he threw. On the year he has hit on 32-of-42 attempts (76.2 percent) for 454 yards and 2 TDs. He has not thrown a pick.
While slinging balls on the Smurf Turf in a Bronco uniform against FCS side Idaho State and the 1-2 and 66th-ranked Falcons is a less stressful proposition than playing in the hostile sellout environment of Autzen, there is no denying Moore's aptitude at the position to start his career.
So what can we expect from a young signal caller put in this situation? Glad you asked, or the rest of this post would be worthless. It's impossible to know for certain, but here's a look at the last three cases of an opposing quarterback making the first road start of his career at the big bowl on Leo Harris Parkway.
Sept. 1, 2007 vs. Houston
QB: Cade Keenum
Exp: RS Freshman
Notable: First career game
Stats: 14-of-27, 179 yds, 1 INT, 1 TD
Game Result: UO 48-27. All and all, not a bad performance from the future Conference USA Freshman of the Year.
Oct. 14, 2006 vs. UCLA
QB: Patrick Cowan
Notable: First career start
Stats: 16-of-31, 112 yds, 1 INT, 0 TD
Game Result: UO 30-20. This game wasn't nearly as close as the final score and both Bruin TDs came in the 4th quarter on runs by Kahlil Bell.
Nov. 19, 2005 vs. Oregon State
QB: Ryan Gunderson
Exp: RS Sophomore
Notable: First career start
Stats: 22-of-43, 175 yds, 4 INT, 1 TD
Game Result: UO 56-14. Not sure Gunderson ever recovered from his first collegiate start in the memorable "Fog Bowl" Civil War.
Thursday Practice Notes
- The Oregon quarterbacks and receivers got better with each passing day this week, following a rough Monday.
- The quarterbacks did some throwing drills while wearing special glasses that caused a strobe effect, forcing (in theory) greater concentration.
- Great stuff from special teams today.
- While his teammates exited through the tunnel to the locker room at the conclusion of the workout, Jaison Williams set up camp with a student manager and a JUGS machine, and took at least 100 extra balls.
- Jairus Byrd will wear Todd Doxey's No. 29 jersey this Saturday against Boise State.
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